WRP Announces 2018 Season!

Lost in Yonkers

By: Neil Simon

Performance Dates: January 26, 2018-February 10, 2018 (Fridays & Saturdays at 8PM; Sunday at 2PM)

By America’s great comic playwright, this memory play is set in Yonkers in 1942. Bella is thirty-five years old, mentally challenged, and living at home with her mother, stern Grandma Kurnitz. As the play opens, ne’er-do-well son Eddie deposits his two young sons on the old lady’s doorstep. He is financially strapped and taking to the road as a salesman. The boys are left to contend with Grandma, with Bella and her secret romance, and with Louie, her brother, a small-time hoodlum in a strange new world called Yonkers.

 

Tomorrow Morning

Regional Premiere

Book, Music & Lyrics By: Laurence Mark Wythe

Performance Dates: March 9-24, 2018 (Fridays & Saturdays at 8PM; Sunday at 2PM)

 Tomorrow Morning is an hilarious and moving show that appeals to different generations – to anyone who has ever been in a relationship, to have had one end when they thought it would last forever, and for anyone who has ever contemplated sharing their life with someone else.

 

Dogfight

Music & Lyrics By: Benj Pasek & Justin Paul

Book By: Peter Duchan

Directed By: Dawn Sniadak-Yamokoski

Performance Dates: April 13-28, 2018 (Fridays & Saturdays at 8PM; Sunday at 6:30PM)

 It’s November 21, 1963. On the eve of their deployment to a small but growing conflict in Southeast Asia, three young Marines set out for one final boys’ night of debauchery, partying and maybe a little trouble. But, when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress whom he enlists to win a cruel bet with his fellow recruits, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of love and compassion.

 

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

By: Dale Wasserman

From the Novel By: Ken Kesey

Directed By: Brian Westerley

Performance Dates: May 11-26, 2018 (Fridays & Saturdays at 8PM; Sunday at 6:30PM)

 

This show will include talkbacks after certain performances

 

The story of a charming rogue who contrives to serve a short sentence in an airy mental institution rather than in a prison. This, he learns, was a mistake. He clashes with Head Nurse Ratched. He quickly takes over the yard and accomplishes what the medical profession has been unable to do for twelve years: he makes a presumed deaf and dumb Indian talk. He leads others out of introversion, stages a revolt so that they can see the World Series on television, and arranges a rollicking midnight party with liquor and chippies. For these offenses, Ratched submits him to shock treatment. After a tragic event occurs, Ratched forces him to submit to a final correction: a frontal lobotomy.

 

Disney’s The Lion King, Jr.

Music & Lyrics By: Time Rice & Elton John

Additional Music & Lyrics By: Will Van Dyke, Lebo M, Marc Mancina & Jay Rifkin

Book By: Roger Allers & Irene Mecchi

Performance Dates: June 22-24, 2018 (Friday & Saturday at 8PM; Sunday at 2PM)

 

Part of our Young Artists’ Theatre Program

 

Disney’s The Lion King has captivated the imagination of audiences around the world. The African savannah comes to life on your stage with Simba, Rafiki and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle… and back again, in this inspiring, coming-of-age tale.

 

Into the Woods, Jr.

Music & Lyrics By: Stephen Sondheim

Book By: James Lapine

Performance Dates: June 29-July 1, 2018 (Friday & Saturday at 8PM; Sunday at 2PM)

 

Part of our Young Artists’ Theatre Program

 

The musical centers on a baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King’s festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a witch’s curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse and wind up changed forever.

 

bare: A Pop Opera

Music By: Damon Intrabartolo

Lyrics By: Jon Hartmere

Book By: Jon Hartmere & Damon Intrabartolo

Directed By: Brian Westerley

Performance Dates: July 13-28, 2018 (Fridays & Saturdays at 8PM; Sunday at 6:30PM)

 

This show will include talkbacks after certain performances

 

A pulsating, electric contemporary rock musical, bare follows a group of students at a Catholic boarding school as they grapple with issues of sexuality, identity, and the future. Peter and Jason have fallen in love with each other, but Jason — a popular athlete — fears losing his status if he is discovered to be gay. Unpopular Nadia, Jason’s sister, is contemptuous of Ivy, a beautiful girl with a questionable reputation. As the group attempts to put up a production of Romeo and Juliet, tensions flare, self-doubt simmers, and God’s path seems more difficult to find than ever. bare rings with the sounds of youthful repression and revolt. With a unique sung-through pop score, heart-pounding lyrics, and a cast of bright young characters, bare is a provocative, fresh, and utterly honest look at the dangers of baring your soul, and the consequences of continuing to hide.

 

Terms of Endearment

Adapted for the Stage By: Dan Gordon

Based on the Screenplay By: James L. Brooks

Performance Dates: August 17-September 1, 2018 (Fridays & Saturdays at 8PM; Sunday at 2PM)

Challenges in life and love test the resilience of a mother-daughter relationship in Dan Gordon’s adaptation of Terms of Endearment, based on the book by Pulitzer Prize-winner Larry McMurtry and James L. Brooks’ screenplay of the Oscar-winning film. Though Emma is often exasperated by her highly-opinionated mother, Aurora, they talk every day about their problems, from Aurora finding unexpected love even as she becomes a reluctant grandmother, to Emma’s struggle in her troubled marriage. But when they need one another most, will they be able to find courage in each other? This funny and touching story captures the delicate, sometimes fractured bonds between mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, and lovers, both old and new.

 

Little Women

Music By: Jason Howland

Lyrics By: Mindi Dickstein

Book By: Allan Knee

Directed By: Dawn Sniadak-Yamokoski

Performance Dates: October 5-20, 2018 (Fridays & Saturdays at 8PM; Sunday at 2PM)

Based on Louisa May Alcott’s life, Little Women follows the adventures of sisters, Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March. Jo is trying to sell her stories for publication, but the publishers are not interested – her friend, Professor Bhaer, tells her that she has to do better and write more from herself. Begrudgingly taking this advice, Jo weaves the story of herself and her sisters and their experience growing up in Civil War America.

 

Hay Fever

By: Noel Coward

Performance Dates: November 2-17, 2018 (Fridays & Saturdays at 8PM; Sunday at 2PM)

Hoping for a quiet weekend in the country with some guests, David Bliss, a novelist, and his wife Judith, a retired actress, find that an impossible dream when their high-spirited children Simon and Sorel appear with guests of their own. A housefull of drama waits to be ignited as misunderstandings and tempers flare. With Judith’s new flame and David’s newest literary ‘inspiration’ keeping company as the children follow suit, the Bliss family lives up to its name as the ‘quiet weekend’ comes to an exhausting and hilarious finale.

 

80 Minute Play Festival

Performance Dates: November 30-December 2, 2018 (Friday & Saturday at 8PM; Sunday at 6:30PM)

 In its second year, this annual new-works play festival promises to be even better than the first! We will be looking for submissions soon from local playwrights to continue on with our annual festival!

 

Young Artists’ Theatre Program will run June 4-July 1 & will include the performances of Disney’s The Lion King, Jr. & Into the Woods, Jr. Cost of the camp will be: $150 per student per class. If you do both classes, the second class is 20% off. If you enroll more than one child, the subsequent children are 10% off. Please email Artistic Director, Dawn Sniadak-Yamokoski at dawnsy@westernreserveplayhouse.org for more information & to sign up.

 

Our first ever directing class will be taught by three-time OCTA & six-time Georgie Award winning Director & Actor, Co-Artistic Director Brian Westerley. The class will be presented on Saturdays, 10/7 – 11/25 from 1PM-3PM. Cost is $150. At the end of the eight weeks, the class will present the scenes they have chosen to an audience. Accepting eight students per class. If more than eight students apply, an additional class may be added. Please email Brian at brianw@westernreserveplayhouse.org for more information & to sign up.

 

We will be presenting a number of other directing classes for adults & acting classes for children & adults starting in October.

 

We are also looking for anyone who might interested in putting on a cabaret. Please contact Dawn at dawnsy@westernreserveplayhouse.org for more information.

 

Ticket Prices: $10 for everyone for Disney’s The Lion King, Jr., Into the Woods, Jr. & the 80 Minute Play Festival

 

For all other shows: $15 for seniors (65+) & students (with valid ID); $17 for adults

 

Season Tickets: 8 for $100 per ticket (does not include Disney’s The Lion King, Jr.Into the Woods, Jr. or the 80 Minute Play Festival) or a “Flex Pass” – 4 for $55 per ticket (does not include Disney’s The Lion King, Jr.Into the Woods, Jr. or the 80 Minute Play Festival)

 

For individual tickets to any of shows, please click the “Ticketing” tab above

For season tickets, please call us at: 330-620-7314

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